“Golden Girls” fans are unhappy with Hulu after the streamer put out an episode of the show to reference blackface.
Hulu’s elimination of season three episode “Mixed Blessings” followed in the footsteps of other shows that garnered similar content in light of the Black Lives Matter movement that is central to the United States and around the world.
In the episode, Dorothy by Bea Arthur was introduced to her son’s fiancée, a noticeably older black woman, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter. Blanche de Rue McClanahan and Rose de Betty White donned clay masks when they met the bride, played by Rosalind Cash, for the first time.
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“This is mud on our faces,” White said in the episode. “We are not really black.”
It wasn’t long before fans turned to Twitter to defend the show.
“First, they were in clay masks, not black faces,” said one user. “And secondly, in which world ‘Stop killing us’. Does it sound like ‘Please delete the Golden Girls episodes’? I didn’t see that question on anyone’s protest poster …”
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The same user continued: “To be clear: I am not ‘attacking’ Hulu. I would just hate the seriousness of this moment and the move to lose myself in symbolic (and sometimes silly) overcorrections. Impact in real life should be the measure of any change worthy of a public relations boost. “
“Yes, these companies and media platforms are trivializing the situation by sending the message that our demand for justice is as insignificant as removing episodes of the Golden Girls from a broadcast platform. This is a calculated effort to make our message cheaper.” wrote another.
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A third Twitter user wrote that black-face television episodes should not be removed, calling them “huge racist blind spots” in pop culture, noting that deleting the “Golden Girls” episode was “crazy.”
Hulu representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.